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Gilbert Hernandez, born in 1957, enjoyed a pleasant childhood in Oxnard, California, with four brothers and one sister. In Gilbert’s words, they were “born into a world with comic books in the house.” His childhood enthusiasm for the medium was equaled only by his appetite for punk rock.
Initiated by older brother Mario and bankrolled by younger brother Ismael, Gilbert created Love and Rockets #1 with his brother Jaime in 1981. Over 30 years later, the series is regarded as a modern classic and the Hernandez brothers continue to create some of the most startling, original, and intelligent comic art ever seen.
From 1983 to 1996, Gilbert produced the now legendary Palomar saga, collected in the graphic novels Heartbreak Soup and Human Diastrophism, and considered to be one of the defining bodies of literature of its era.
Gilbert lives in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife Carol and daughter Natalia.
"I don't think there's ever been a greater cartooning talent in terms of what he brings the serial comic book form." – The Comics Reporter
"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." – Los Angeles
"There's no denying that Beto's comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved." – The A.V. Club
2007 & 2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Writer/Artist
Recipient of a 2009 United States Artists Literature Fellowship
2013 Pen Graphic Literature Award Winner
2014 Society of Illustrators Silver Medal Winner: Comics and Cartoon Art — Long Form
Note: This category contains only books and comics where Gilbert's work is not split with that of his brothers. For books in collaboration with his brothers Jaime and/or Mario, click here. For Jaime's solo books, click here. For guidance on building your Love and Rockets collection, see our How to Read Love and Rockets page.
Gilbert Hernandez Beto's voyeuristic foray into the lives of strippers, bodybuilders, horny aliens and a sensuous psychiatrist. Still the standard-bearer for X-rated comics! Collects all 4 issues of the series with copious bonus material. Product Details...
The ultimate gift set for Love and Rockets fans includes The Love and Rockets Companion, Love and Rockets: The Covers, and The Love and Rockets Reader all together for a great discounted price! Product Details...
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Gilbert Hernandez A serial killer stalks the streets of Palomar. Gruesome and senseless as his depredations are, they are dwarfed by the resulting social and psychological collapse suffered by the inhabitants of the Central American town. Product Details...
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Gilbert Hernandez An ambitious, fascinating collection of Beto's comics at their most experimental, plus archival strips never before collected. Surreal fantasy, blackout shorts, a return to the wild sci-fi of earlier years and more. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez Luba, Ofelia and company try to acclimate to life in America. Beto explores the complex, sometimes violent, sexual dramas that are his trademark, as Luba's daughters and sisters juggle men, ultimately with deadly results. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez The final book in Gilbert's post-Palomar trilogy focuses on Luba and her two sisters, Fritz and Petra, as Gilbert continues to use his characters to explore complex familial and intergenerational relationships. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez “Five six. Hundred twenty-eight pounds. Forty-three twenty-two thirty-six. High soft lisp. Genius level I.Q.” That’s “Fritz” Martinez, bombshell, former punkette, former psychiatrist, “Z” movie star, and subject of this book. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez This beautiful, affordable volume collects the first half of Gilbert's modern-day classic, featuring the acclaimed magical-realist tales of Palomar, the Central American hamlet, and its memorable inhabitants. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez In the second half of the Palomar saga, the town's idyll is broken by a serial killer, the modern world's intrusions, and a shocking death. The seeds sown, the "Palomar diaspora" ends this dense, enthralling book. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez Collects two groundbreaking works: "Poison River" traces the backstory of Luba, from child to teenage mob bride to her escape to Palomar; "Love and Rockets X" is a wide-ranging, Altman-esque story set in early-1990s L.A. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez After an earthquake levels Palomar, Luba and her clan move to America, where their lives become more and more intertwined with those of Luba's sisters (body-builder Petra and therapist/film star Fritz) and their families. Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez The entire collected "Palomar" and the first half of the "Luba" saga starring Luba, Carmen, Heraclio, Fritz, their friends, families, rivals and lovers in 4 handsome, compact softcovers, offered at a special package price! Product Details...
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Gilbert Hernandez All three "Fritz B-Movie" graphic novels offered together for a great discounted price. Beto's lurid, pulpy storytelling reaches a fever pitch in these hard-boiled tales of desperation, betrayal and intrigue. Product Details...
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